The Black Caps feel like they've played 11 away games over the past two months while battling their way to and contesting the final at this year's World Cup, but waves of support from home helped keep them going.
Kane Williamson was told by media today there were already discussions of a welcoming home ceremony for the team after their impressive run in the tournament - a fact that made the skipper smile.
When asked how it feels to be on the receiving end of that support, it took a speechless Williamson a moment to find an answer.
"Being on the other side of the world and having played 11 games, in what felt like away games due to other sides having bigger populations and a few people at the grounds, it's been sort of hard to connect with the vibe back home," Williamson said.
"But hearing some stories from back home of all the support we've been getting from all Kiwis around the world is pretty special.
"No doubt we'll get to experience that first hand when we do eventually get home."
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told TVNZ1's Breakfast today she was eager to give Kiwis the chance to greet the World Cup runner-ups with a "heroes' welcome' in Auckland.
"I don't think there's thoughts here of parades but just a chance for people to say welcome back and we’re proud of you," Ms Ardern said.
However, NZ Cricket boss David White said those sorts of plans will have to go on hold for now.
"We’ve been in conversations with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, and are mindful of the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for a welcome-home celebration," White said.
"At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it’s just not practical.
"Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come."